New York

Larry Bell and Eric Orr

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

If you can’t get your wild, visionary project financed, you can always make smaller, attractive art objects in its place. We get used to grandiose monuments which never get past the planning stage, and we take pleasure in seeing the scraps that went into their planning (generally this is not thought to be a perverse pleasure). The unfulfilled projects are usually sincere enough, no matter how unnecessary; we believe the person who envisions the prospect of a gargantuan hole in the desert. Sincerity takes the form of fast, hard, sloppy drawings and scribblings over geographic charts. There is a certain thrill in indications such as “1000 yds.” and “construction vehicle area.” The plans alone, with their disconcerting nonvisuality, say: “I don’t give a damn about these things, I only care about that four tons of earth.” The drawings have to look that way; they are raw idea. If we come to

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